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    Are gluten free diets okay for weight loss. I don't have a gluten allergy, but I'd like to know if going gluten-free will help with weight loss.

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    Not really. Unless you have an allergy, it's probably best to avoid being gluten-free. Gluten isn't the enemy. Lowering the amount of gluten you eat is one thing, eliminating it entirely is another. Your body is meant to process gluten...again, unless you have an allergy. Just focus on eating a well-balanced diet low in refined sugar and salt.

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    • #3
      No, they aren't. Cutting gluten out of your diet isn't necessarily going to help you trim down. In some cases, it may make losing weight harder, because if you're taking out gluten it means you need to substitute for it, and sometimes this can mean more fat and sugar. As bonniekins said, this diet is for people who have an allergy like celiacs disease. Typically those with this disease can handle putting on a few pounds. it's honestly silly to eliminate something your body can naturally digest from you diet, unless you have to for medical reasons. The best thing to do is just limit your intake of it and focus on following a balanced diet.

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      • #4
        Not really. I would suggest lowering your carb and refined sugar intake if you want to make a dent in your waistline. In my experience, any time I've tried to restrict something from my diet for no other reason than weight loss, I've always failed. Any time I restrict food from my diet for weight loss reasons, it always ends up being a negative experience because I create bad associations with food and I tend to focus so much on not eating that one thing, that I start to either gorge on other stuff. Maybe that's just me, though.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by anne View Post
          Not really. I would suggest lowering your carb and refined sugar intake if you want to make a dent in your waistline. In my experience, any time I've tried to restrict something from my diet for no other reason than weight loss, I've always failed. Any time I restrict food from my diet for weight loss reasons, it always ends up being a negative experience because I create bad associations with food and I tend to focus so much on not eating that one thing, that I start to either gorge on other stuff. Maybe that's just me, though.
          Completely agree. Essentially, when you restrict yourself from eating something that isn't technically "bad" for you and that you like, you're practically setting yourself up for failure. At some point, you will eventually cave and then you'll feel guilty about it. It creates a very negative association with food and dieting. Plus, getting rid of gluten doesn't exactly make you healthier either. This is honestly a fad weight loss diet that should be avoided (unless you have an allergy obviously)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by anne View Post
            Not really. I would suggest lowering your carb and refined sugar intake if you want to make a dent in your waistline. In my experience, any time I've tried to restrict something from my diet for no other reason than weight loss, I've always failed. Any time I restrict food from my diet for weight loss reasons, it always ends up being a negative experience because I create bad associations with food and I tend to focus so much on not eating that one thing, that I start to either gorge on other stuff. Maybe that's just me, though.
            I never looked at it that way, but I guess you've got a point. I just know that a lot of people have success when they cut out gluten. I guess I could work on lowering sugars instead. Thanks for all your honesty everyone. :D

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